Mahler’s Colossal Fifth Symphony With The Metropolitan Orchestra
Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre
700 Harris Street
Ultimo NSW 2007
7th September 2019
Featuring the largest complement of musicians to hit the stage with The Metropolitan Orchestra this year, Gustav Mahler’s enormous Fifth Symphony is a work of truly epic proportions. Led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Sarah-Grace Williams, this colossal work which opens with an expansive funeral march announced by a solo trumpet call, will take the audience on an epic and turbulent journey of contrast from the stormy and hauntingly soulful through to the cheerful and optimistic.
One of the most recorded symphonies of all time, the famous Adagietto (fourth movement) which is featured in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 movie, Death in Venice, was also famously performed as a standalone piece by Leonard Bernstein at Robert Kennedy’s funeral in 1968.
Ending with what is often regarded as ‘the finale to end all finales’, the tragic themes from earlier movements are transferred into joy and vitality to reach a triumphant and grand conclusion to this magnificent work.
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